As most of you know, New Jersey has pioneered new ground with their PPD legislation mandating screening for all new mothers. When I was doing a training in New Jersey recently, I picked up some of their handouts that they give to Moms. They have a “Postpartum Depression Patient Screening Follow-Up” which highlighted a couple of important pieces. I think they said it well.
Women with PPD: Heed these words. Print them out or write them down on an index card so you can refer to it often. They are important words.
Clinicians: Copy the words as handouts for your clients. Be sure to credit .njspeakup.gov
FOCUS ON STAYING HEALTHY
Get as much rest as possible.
Try to nap when the baby sleeps.
Eat a healthy, nutritious diet.
Take time for yourself.
Talk to other people about how you are feeling.
Ask for help — Realize that a new baby is hard work.
Exercise for more energy.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO BE CONCERNED?
When symptoms last two weeks or more.
When everything you do requires more effort.
If you have a lack of interest in the baby, your family or your friends.
When you feel guilty or worthless.
When you have trouble remembering or focusing or making decisions.